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The Invergordon Archive

Taylors Garage
The Invergordon Archive
Taylors Garage

In the doorway: Mr. Bill Taylor, Miss Ina MacLeod and Mr. Adam Taylor.
See picture #14 and picture #15 for other pictures of the garage.
Picture added on 16 April 2004
Sitting on the wheel at the front is Jimmy Andrews (who later left Invergordon for a career in football), and next to him wearing his trademark hat is Jim Andrews, his father. Next to him is Jimmy Simpson, and to the right of Adam Taylor' was ? Armstrong, on his right (Tommy?) MacKenzie. The garage was near the monument just before Seabank Road, but has now disappeared.
Added by Jessie Robb & Lilian Boon, nee Andrews on 15 August 2004
Can anyone tell me if Richard Geddes is in this picture? Apparently he worked at Taylors Garage before the war.
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
Hello Bill,
My Uncle Jimmy might know. Merry Christmas, by the way!
Added by Caroline Cabraal on 24 December 2004
Thanks Caroline and a Happy New Year to you. Is your Uncle the Simpson or the Andrews?
Richard Geddes was the illegitimate son of my father's sister (my cousin I guess). He was killed on the 6th of June 1940 as he retreated from the Germans at the time the rest of the British Army were leaving from Dunkirk. I visited his grave last year and his picture appears on the Invergordon site - the first time I have ever seen an image of him.
Added by Bill Geddes on 30 December 2004
Was it Bill Taylor who was badly burned about the head when he was doing some welding on a floating dock which was anchored just up from the ferry slip? Can always remember seeing him coming up the steps of the first pier covered in blood.
Added by Douglas Will on 19 March 2006
This was Lindy Taylor's dad's garage? They stayed in the big house opposite the railway station. Lindy was a good friend of mine. I did not know her Dad so well, but her mum was a lovely person.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 12 January 2007
I have a photo of Taylor's garage taken sometime before 1922. My grandfather Christopher Ross married my grandmother in 1922 in Invergordon and he worked at Taylor's garage as a mechanic. The picture shows old Model T Ford in the forecourt and the garage staff (including my grandfather). Great to see a later photo of the garage on the web site!
Added by Jacqueline Ross on 08 June 2007
Just noticed the date of 1930 on the photo. My brother Jimmy Andrews must have been working there before he went off to play football, so we think the date is probably more like 1940-41.
Added by Jessie Robb (Andrews) on 24 June 2007
Hi there. My grandfather, Adam Taylor, started the garage after he came back from the Boer War, as far as I know. It was originally in Clyde St. as a bicycle shop, then he began to sell motorbikes. My dad, Bill, took over after his father died. My dad died in Sept. 2007 aged 87.We stayed in Cromlet, Heather is right. I've many happy memories of Invergordon, swimming, cycling, the old school, etc.! All the Best, Linden Stefaniak, Beauly.
Added by Linden Stefaniak on 22 March 2009
Hi Linden - I was sorry to hear of your father's death, but what a good innings he had, living to 87. Well done Bill! I hope you are well - it was nice to see your name here and the information about your Grandad and your Dad re 'Taylor's Garage'.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 01 May 2009
I was in Invergordon a few days ago (first visit for many years) and was astonished to see that there is nothing remaining of Taylors garage. The entire site has been cleared and it is now a gaping hole with the tank farm clearly visible at the rear. I noted also that my birthplace at 2 Munro Street is now disused as is the adjacent house on the High Street. When my family first moved to Inverg in the 1930s they lived at 43 High Street where the Job Centre is now located. Apparently number 43 was requisitioned by the MOD in the early days of WW2 and the Geddes had to move out!
Added by Bill Geddes on 13 May 2009
Does anyone remember the penny farthing bike that used to be in the showroom window?
Added by Robbie Aburrow on 04 December 2011
As a QPR FC fan I recently bought a new book about the club and was pleased to note that Jimmy Andrews gets a mention. I used to live very near the ground and around 1964 I visited Jimmy in his office at Loftus Road Stadium.
Added by Bill Geddes on 05 December 2011
Ref the penny farthing- Vanda Zawinski and I took it to the fancy dress competition at the Gala when we were kids. Can't remember if we won a prize, but Vanda had on a lovely Victorian (I think!) dress loaned by an old lady.
Added by Linden Stefaniak (nee Taylor) on 05 December 2011
Second from the left on the back row is my uncle Roddy MacKenzie (Blackpark) who died 1955.
Added by John Urquhart on 31 December 2011
Sadly, Uncle Jimmy (Andrews) passed away on 12/09/12 but it's lovely to have all these memories of him.
Added by Rhona Moyes - daughter of Eileen (Andrews) on 15 September 2012
Very sorry to hear of Jimmy's death. He was an early hero of mine - when I lived in London I was just round the corner form the QPR football ground where Jimmy worked on the coaching staff in the early '60s. I tried to cadge tickets for the Scotland v England game but Jimmy could not help as the QPR tickets were all spoken for. I am still a supporter and season ticket holder and last Saturday we held the dreaded enemy Chelsea! I will be thinking about Jimmy when I go to the next home game against West Ham. Come on you Superhoops!
Added by Bill Geddes on 20 September 2012
Jacqueline, I just pulled up the 1922 marriage registration of Christopher, as he (and yourself) are distant cousins of mine through his maternal grandmother, I'll email you a copy at the address here. Interesting to see in 1922 he described himself as not just a mechanic, but a chauffeur!
Added by Donald MacDonald-Ross on 12 May 2015
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